New Study Sheds More Light On Opioid Epidemic

A new, recently released report called into question the widely held belief that most people that became addicted to opioids got the dangerous drugs from their pharmacy without first properly consulting their doctor.
The new study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, contends that not only did more than half of those who died to an opioid overdose do so with drugs obtained from a legitimate prescription for chronic pain, only four of this group who died were ever caught as having a drug abuse problem before they overdosed.
An article in Bloomberg covering this new research noted that though opioid prescriptions have decreased somewhat since 2010, they are still much more widely prescribed now than they were back in 1999. A recent report by OM1 Inc. of US ER visits found that one in six visits to the emergency room in 2017 was related to opioids.
Studies and reports like these are continuing to shed light on this epidemic of addictive drugs and show just how large the opioid crisis has become.


Personal Breathalyzers, A New Tool To Help Prevent Drunk Driving?

With Thanksgiving now behind us, the final two big holidays of the year are fast approaching. The New Years holiday is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be driving, but perhaps a new trend can help make it safer in the years to come. More and more people are buying and using personal breathalyzers.
Though they aren't yet in widespread use, a recent study by the National Safety Council showed that up to 26% of those that responded had at one time either used a personal breathalyzer themselves or used one to help convince a friend that they were too impaired to drive safely.
Personal breathalyzers come in a variety of form factors ranging from one-time-use tubes that don't require batteries, to smartphone connected devices, all the way up to professional tools used by law enforcement. While the accuracy of individual breathalyzers can vary quite a bit, even the less accurate versions can be a good tool to help prevent others from driving drunk.


Happy Thanksgiving


We want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Martin Walker Law.